How do dynamic capabilities transform external technologies into firms’ renewed technological resources? – A mediation model

Jason Li-Ying, Yuandi Wang, Lutao Ning

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    How externally acquired resources may become valuable, rare, hard-to-imitate, and non-substitute resource bundles through the development of dynamic capabilities? This study proposes and tests a mediation model of how firms’ internal technological diversification and R&D, as two distinctive microfoundations of dynamic technological capabilities, mediate the relationship between external technology breadth and firms’ technological innovation performance, based on the resource-based view and dynamic capability view. Using a sample of listed Chinese licensee firms, we find that firms must broadly explore external technologies to ignite the dynamism in internal technological diversity and in-house R&D, which play their crucial roles differently to transform and reconfigure firms’ technological resources.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
    Issue number4
    Number of pages28
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Resource-based view
    • Dynamic capabilities
    • Technological diversification
    • In-house R&D
    • Patent licensing
    • Technological innovation

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